Winrock International

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources. Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
Jul 6, 2016

Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund

Report to Global Giving (July 2016)

Winrock is pleased that five of the 32 Christopher Dowswell scholars have successfully completed their degree training. The remaining 27 scholars are making good progress. At a recent Regional Workshop of Universities participating in the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education Program (SAFE), it was decided to include Sokoine Agricultural University in Tanzania as a fourth country where female extension officers can apply for scholarships. The SAFE program specifically aims to improve the capacity of agricultural advisory services in Africa. During its twenty years of existence, the program has faced a continued shortage of female advisors. The Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Program is working to change that. Your continued support is helping us in this effort.

Jun 8, 2016

Final Report: RtL prepares to close but our commitment continues

RtL staff visiting community school in Nimule
RtL staff visiting community school in Nimule

As South Sudan prepares for the start of its annual rainy season, Winrock International has begun to ramp down its activities under the Room to Learn (RtL) program. Due to the increasing humanitarian crisis and the fragile peace agreement of August 2015, USAID has decided to shift its focus to strengthening resilient and conflict resistant communities in the country; as a result, the RtL program will close in September 2016 – two years earlier than initially planned.

In spite of the dire political and security environment, the RtL Project has entered 388 school communities. By the end of September we will have supported nearly 400 school development plans, trained over 1,400 teachers in literacy instruction, introduced innovative gender and social inclusion approaches and psycho-social support practices, and delivered more than 990 packages of essential education instructional materials for teachers and students across six states. The project is estimated to have supported roughly 233,000 children to date and hopes to reach an additional 60,000 by the end of September.

Your generous support enabled us to supplement our grants to school committees for education materials such as portable blackboards, lesson planning books for teachers, supplementary readers, educational games, and basic school supplies. These materials are a vital complement to RtL’s teacher training efforts, enabling educators to prepare relevant lesson plans and adjust learning materials to be targeted and effective for each level of learner. As Denya Alex Michael, an English teacher at Leikor primary school, notes, “The skills I learned from the <RtL> training helped me to deliver child-centered lessons through the use of handmade teaching aids. Children now report to school on time because they find my teaching interesting.”

On behalf of Winrock and our partners FHI360 and Plan International, we thank you for your generous support. Your commitment has been invaluable in making a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese students and educators in hundreds of communities– an impact that will positively affect these communities for years to come. Winrock and its partners continue to hope that peace and stability will return to South Sudan, and we remain committed to improving educational quality and access for youth and children throughout the country.

RtL delivers desks to school in Magwi
RtL delivers desks to school in Magwi
Thank you for supporting students in South Sudan!
Thank you for supporting students in South Sudan!
May 13, 2016

Boots To Business: One Veteran At A Time

Boots To Business: One Veteran At A Time

The Arkansas Women’s Business Center (AWBC) is helping military veterans find a future in the world of entrepreneurship.

Boots to Business is a two-day entrepreneurial education and training program aimed at helping veterans gain the foundational knowledge required to start their own business.  The program is made possible by the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Classes cover topics like business concept evaluations and accessing start-up capital and technical assistance.

The AWBC has been part of the Boots to Business program since 2014, training service members and military spouses who are transitioning or retiring from service from the Little Rock Air Force base in Jacksonville, ARK.

AWBC Director Liz Young created an Agricultural Lunch N’ learn to educate servicemen and veterans on farming as a future entrepreneurial business. From the agricultural trainings, many veterans have become AWBC clients, receiving one-on-one assistance to start farm operations.

Veterans are 45 percent more likely to be self-employed than non-veterans. Young says farming provides an opportunity for soldiers to find peace and solitude, feed their community and their family, while restoring the farming heartland of this country. Soldiers have a high probability for success because of their physical strength, hard work ethic, and fortitude.

According to U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, Boots to Business program has trained 25,000 transitioning service members on 165 military installations worldwide. 

 
   

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